Make your monthly membership gift: Become a Schomburg Guardian

Join the Schomburg Center's monthly giving program by becoming a Schomburg Guardian. Schomburg Guardians provide consistent and reliable income that goes directly to support the Center's mission to collect, preserve and share the global heritage of people of African descent.

As a special thank you, you'll also receive an exclusive Schomburg Society Tote Bag!

Your ongoing monthly contribution helps sustain the Center throughout the year. Each month, you will be charged the amount you select below.

If you wish to make a fully tax-deductible gift, waive benefits below or click here. 

Make your monthly membership gift: Become a Schomburg Guardian

Schomburg Guardians directly support the Schomburg Center's mission to celebrate and preserve Black culture. As a special thank you, you'll also receive an exclusive tote bag!

If you wish to make a fully tax-deductible gift, waive benefits below or click here

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  • Personalized membership card
  • Discount at the Schomburg Shop and preferred shopping times with an additional discount
  • Discount on select ticketed Schomburg Center public programs
  • 10% discount on LIVE from the NYPL tickets and access to the presale
  • Access to the Schomburg Connection, our e-newsletter with regular updates on news, programs, and events
  • Year's subscription to the exclusive Schomburg Society member newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only exhibition previews

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to members-only VIP events, like author talks and panel presentations
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library’s annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to members-only VIP events, like author talks and panel presentations
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library’s annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year

All Supporter benefits, plus:

  • 20% discount for LIVE from the NYPL and access to presale tickets
  • Special membership gift from the Schomburg Center
  • Two additional invitations to The New York Public Library's annual Holiday Open House, for a total of four attendees
  • Invitation for two to the annual Book Swap, where members share favorite books and get reading recommendations from NYPL librarians

All Patron benefits, plus:

  • Reserved seating at select Schomburg Center public programs
  • Complimentary invitation for two to attend the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, featuring today’s most exciting writers and thinkers
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Book Swap, for a total of four attendees

All Sustainer benefits, plus:

  • 10% discount on Schomburg Center space rentals
  • Gift a complimentary membership to a friend or family member ($50 Friend)
  • Acknowledgement in the Schomburg Center member newsletter and The New York Public Library’s Annual Report
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, for a total of four attendees
  • Small group research discussions with curators and scholars

All Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour of an exhibition or research division of your choice
  • Complimentary Business Leadership Council membership, where influential executives and leaders discuss market trends, business strategies, and ideas
  • Invitation to an exclusive gathering with Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young and other patrons
  • Private tour during the annual Schomburg Center Open House

Membership benefits start at $5 a month. Benefits will be matched according to the level of the donation.

Membership Benefits

By choosing to not receive benefits with your membership, your gift is fully tax deductible and you will not receive a member card, invitations to events, e-updates, or be eligible for member discounts.

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